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Pinelands Preservation Alliance Launches Outdoor Recreation Center

The Pinelands Preservation Alliance (PPA), a non-profit group that advocates for the protection of New Jersey’s Pinelands, has launched Pinelands Adventures, a new paddling and outdoor exploration center, now open at 1005 Atsion Road, in Shamong. Located at the former Adams Canoe Rental, Pinelands Adventures will continue to offer canoe and kayak livery services on the Batsto and Mullica rivers, along with guided paddling, hiking, and nature and history tours.

The creation of Pinelands Adventures, including the purchase of the property next to Atsion Recreation Area in Wharton State Forest, was made possible through foundation grants to its Brendan T. Byrne Fund for the Pinelands. “By expanding our outdoor programs we are introducing more people to the unique natural resources of the Pine Barrens through low-impact recreation and education trips,” says Executive Director of PPA Carleton Montgomery.

PPA tapped Rob Ferber, a resident of Monroeville who managed Linville Orchards, a 300-acre family farm in Media, Pennsylvania, to serve as the director. “It’s an exciting opportunity to help launch this new venture, which will represent the most comprehensive outdoor recreation program in the Pine Barrens,” says Ferber. “We are working closely with the managers of Wharton State Forest to ensure that our programs are fun, educational and low impact and that visitors respect the natural beauty and historical resources of the area.”

For more information, call 609-268-0189 or visit

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